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So I failed to take into account Prime Time Andy Dalton quarterbacking the Saints or the return of DeAndrew Hopkins for the Cardinals as I got the pick wrong. It didn’t feel like a disaster of a pick, and it was the multiple picks from Dalton trying to make up the deficit at the end of the first half that finish the Saints.

Anyway, moving on to the rest of the week seven picks.

Early Games:

I think the Falcons visit to the Bengals might well be the pick of the early slate, although the Giants at Jaguars could be fun and the AFC North showdown between the Ravens and Browns has the potential to catch the imagination.

Falcons @ Bengals (-5.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Falcons
Dan’s Pick:      Bengals

Lions @ Cowboys (-7.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Lions
Dan’s Pick:      Cowboys

Colts @ Titans (-3.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Colts
Dan’s Pick:      Titans

Packers @ Washington (+5.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Washington
Dan’s Pick:      Packers

Buccaneers @ Panthers (+10.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Panthers
Dan’s Pick:      Buccaneers

Giants @ Jaguars (-2.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Giants
Dan’s Pick:      Giants

Browns @ Ravens (-6.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Ravens
Dan’s Pick:      Ravens

Late Games:

The games that leap out as being competitive in the late slate are the Chiefs visiting the 49ers, but that is based on the 49ers finding a way despite the injuries, and the Seahawks at the Chargers where I think I do see an upset coming.

Jets @ Broncos (-2.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Jets
Dan’s Pick:      Jets

Texans @ Raiders (-6.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Raiders
Dan’s Pick:      Raiders

Seahawks @ Chargers (-6.5)

Gee’s Pick:      Seahawks
Dan’s Pick:      Seahawks

Chiefs @ 49ers (+3.5)

Gee’s Pick:      49ers
Dan’s Pick:      Chiefs

Sunday Night Football:

Steelers @ Dolphins (-7.5)

The prime-time Sunday game is likely to feature two starting quarterbacks coming back from concussions and whilst I do expect the Dolphins to run out winners in this one, the line is too rich for me to expect them to cover.

Gee’s Pick:      Steelers
Dan’s Pick:      Steelers

Monday Night Football

Bears @ Patriots (-7.5)

This should be a win a for a Patriots team who seem to have found something in recent weeks against a Bears team who haven’t. The line worries me a lot, particularly with Mac Jones possibly returning for the Patriots given that changes things rather than necessarily picking a side in the possible Patriots quarterback controversy. Still, the Bears haven’t convinced so even with more rest I’m trust the marginal numbers.

Gee’s Pick:      Patriots
Dan’s Pick:      Patriots

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